Enter the Royal Arch


The Degree of Royal Arch Mason is founded upon the destruction of the first and the building of the second Temple. The ceremonies of the Degree have an interesting and graphic historical setting, and a profound and reverential moral significance. The Royal Arch Degree, and the other degrees of the Royal Arch series, are the complement of the Master’s Degree, the unfolding into a second volume of the history of that which was lost to its final recovery. Without the Royal Arch, the Master’s Degree is like a song half sung, a tale partly told, or a promise unfulfilled.

The preparatory Degrees conferred in the Chapter are those of Mark Master Mason, Past Master and Most Excellent Master. All are beautiful, all are interesting, all teach valuable lessons, but the Most Sublime Degree of Royal Arch Mason is more august, sublime and important than all that precede it. It brings to light many essentials of the Craft contained ONLY in this Most Sublime Degree and explains many cryptic passages of the first three Degrees incomprehensible to the Master Mason, without which, a knowledge of the full Masonic story cannot be complete.

It has been said that “The Royal Arch stands as the rainbow of promise in the Ritual; it stands as the promise of the resurrection; of that which was lost and that which shall be recovered.”

The value of Royal Arch Masonry will be justly appreciated by all who are exalted to that Most Sublime Degree, particularly by those who are seeking to complete their Masonic education. It reveals the full light of Ancient Craft masonry, presents it as a complete system in accordance with the original plan and confers at last the rights and light of a Master Mason – in fact – as well as in name. It truly leads to a fuller understanding of the purposes and spirit of Freemasonry, for standing upon the towering summit of this degree we are able, for the first time, to perceive the completeness of the Ancient Craft and to understand how all its forms and ceremonies – from the Entered Apprentice to the Master Mason’s Degree -are the preparation for the final goal, the Most Sublime Degree of Royal Arch Mason.

Our membership consists only of those who have been regularly initiated, passed and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in a just and duly constituted Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons who are properly vouched for, in good standing in their respective Lodges and in the community in which they reside.

We would encourage all Master Masons to receive the light and instruction which can be communicated only in the Royal Arch Degree. Any Royal Arch Mason or York Rite Mason can give full information on how to proceed.

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